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Two-division champ Martin Nguyen feels destined to make history

ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen came incredibly close to making history yet again this past March when he valiantly challenged Bibiano Fernandes for his bantamweight crown.

The 29-year-old Vietnamese-Australian dynamo was attempting to become the only three-division world champion in the history of mixed martial arts and nearly pulled off the feat four months ago.

However, after 25 minutes of grueling action, Nguyen fell on the wrong side of a razor-thin split decision to Fernandes.

Following his successful defense of the featherweight strap against Singaporean rival Christian Lee in a rematch last May, Nguyen still strives to become the first man to ever hold three world championships in mixed martial arts.

Nguyen had his wish granted as he is set to duke it out with Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon for the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on July 27.

“Bibiano Fernandes should watch this fight with a close eye. He knows who the rightful challenger is. It’s either me or Kevin Belingon, and I will be doing everything in my power to finish this one,” he stated.

It is yet another high-stakes scenario for Nguyen, who will face a ton of pressure as he squares off with a man who has looked phenomenal putting five wins in a row together.

In his most recent outing, Belingon thrilled the Filipino crowd with a stunning second-round spinning back kick stoppage of American stalwart Andrew Leone to solidify his position as the No. 1 contender in the bantamweight division.

“This is a fan-friendly match-up between two aggressive, young beasts, and I can’t wait to lock horns with Kevin. There will be fireworks,” Nguyen said of Belingon.

Furthermore, Nguyen will also travel to the Filipino’s home country to face him, which is nothing new to the dual champion as it is a very similar set of circumstances to his cage encounter with Belingon’s teammate Eduard Folayang in November of last year.

Nguyen expected a tough match then, and against Belingon, he believes that it will be no different.

“This match is going to be difficult. I always think that I am the underdog. I am happy to be the underdog, and I am happy to test myself against the best. However, it’s wrong to count me out Don’t ever do that,” he expressed.

Nguyen stressed that his familiarity with Wushu stylists like Belingon will be an extra advantage in their five-round championship clash.

“I feel my advantages, to be blunt, have to be my championship round experience and my gas tank,” he mentioned. “Kevin is a complete mixed martial artist. Yes, he’s known for his striking, but he’s proved to the world he can also wrestle.”

Belingon will be the third member of the Philippines’ most famous gym that Nguyen has faced in ONE Championship.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for Team Lakay. Mark Sangiao is out there doing a really good job at keeping the fighters humble and hungry. To be honest, I like to watch Team Lakay fight. They’re powerful strikers with devastating kicks, as well as takedown defense,” Nguyen explained.

“In general, they all fight the same way. This is my third fight with a guy from Team Lakay, so the way I prepared for that first one is how I’ll be preparing for every other fight,” he added.

Despite the threat that Belingon poses, Nguyen is confident that he will make history by capturing the ONE Bantamweight World Championship on July 27 and become an unprecedented three-division world champion in the sport.

“Don’t blink when you watch this fight because I am going to bring it. I also expect that he is going to bring it. I know that I am on the verge of making history. I am not letting go. I am holding onto this tightly. I will go home with three world titles,” he ended.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

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Men On Bikes Celebrates Milestone 20th Anniversary with Distributors

 

MOB Philippines celebrated its 20th anniversary with its distributors at Century Seafood Restaurant. Part of a yearlong series of events, MOB 20th Anniversary Distributor’s Conference was the cycling and lifestyle brand’s way of thanking its business partners, be they long-standing or new.

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Hosted by Stephen Domingo, a beloved personality in the Filipino cycling scene, the event is kicked off by the presentation of the #ConquerAllRoads campaign, first of its kind and caliber in the industry. Kayod is a video series telling the struggling but triumphant stories of cyclists in general, through the lives of Team MOB’s Linda Mhay Ann and Debbie Leonardo Bonghanoy in particular. The campaign reached, engaged and resonated with a wide audience – strengthening MOB’s ongoing relationship with its end users.

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MOB’s family of dealers were treated to a hearty lunch offering by Century Seafood Restaurant. Distributors from places as far as Quezon, Romblon, Marinduque, and Davao, as well as those from Metro Manila, had friendly conversations over luxury Chinese lauriat. MOB’s co-founder Ramon Gan said of the event. The gathering was a simple celebration of 20 years of excellent relationships with the people in the room.

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MOB, the 2 decades-old company continues to innovate. After lunch followed teaser videos of new products, coming July 2018. The wait for the Endurace CX cyclocross bike is almost over, much to the excitement of the crowd. From the looks of the teasers, we may also see a redesign of the famous GPRO helmets. We have much to look forward to in an upcoming product launch.

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Pedal for a Cause is a corporate social responsibility initiative that aims to help local communities across the Philippines be self-sufficient. MOB uses cycling as a catalyst to incite positive change in the lives of those who need it. This humble effort is rooted in a long-term multi-phase plan. Now on its second year, Pedal for a Cause (PFAC) revisits Kamalatan Elementary School in Aurora Baler on May 19-20, 2018 to aid the children’s education and wellbeing. Poverty, children and women’s rights, healthcare, and local ecosystems are among the other issues PFAC aims to address in the future.

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To close the celebration, MOB presented the attendees with awards, namely Loyalty, Appreciation, and PFAC Token of Goodwill Awards. Along with the plaque or trophy comes a gift bag full of MOB items. Recipients were all smiles at their much-deserved recognition.

Thanks to the hard work and excellence of these loyal distributors across the country, MOB, the enduring and high-quality cycling brand, is now more accessible than ever before.

 

 
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Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2018: July 7 & 8, 2018

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Back on its 6th Year, Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2018 an annual Mountain Bike race is set to test bikers in 6-hour, 12-hour, and 24-hour races.

What: Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2018

When: July 7 and 8, 2018

Where: Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang

Categories: 

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Registration Fee:

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All registered participants will get the following:

  • Race Bib
  • Race Jersey
  • Medals for all finishers

Shempre if you Win eto pwede mo mapanalunan:

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Special Prizes from MOB for all NON ELITE age category placers.. Plus may pa raffle pa na BRAND NEW MOB Bike! Shempre nakakaloka naman if used bike diba! Charaught!

So if Registered ka na.. Don’t forget the following Gun Start Schedules ah:

  • 24 Hours = July 7, 12:00 NN
  • 12 Hours = July 7, 5:00 PM
  • 6 Hours = July 8, 6:00 AM

Register Online here, or sa mga sumusunod na Registration sites:

  • Cycling Zone
    Shell Pacific Gas Station, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
  • Storck Store Manila
    The Portal, Greenfield District, United Street, Mandaluyong
  • Paulina’s Bluebay
    Bluebay Walk, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay
  • Celeste Cycles
    188 Congressional Ave, Project 8, Quezon City
  • South Cycles
    Greenworld Plaza, President Ave, Paranaque

So ano pa ang inaantay mo?! Join na!

 

 

 
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Posted by sa Hunyo 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Team 7-Eleven Philippines dominate South Korea race

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“Race safe, enjoy and make 7-Eleven and the Philippines proud.”, was 7-Eleven Run Series Project Head Michelle Saludes’ message to the runners on Sunday, race day morning of the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival held at Gujwa Life Sports Park in South Korea’s Jeju Island.

Eleven Filipino runners made it to the race courtesy of 7-Eleven Philippines, as part of their prize for landing within the top three spots of this year’s 7-Eleven Run Series held last February. The runners, who carried the banner of Team 7-Eleven Philippines, lived up to expectations and grabbed podium finishes in the 21km and 42km categories.

Fresh from her training camp in Italy, Olympic medalist and marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal showed her winning form and finished the 21km race in 1:18:44 to come up on top, besting the Japanese and Korean elite runners who placed second and third, respectively. “I wasn’t able to break my personal record but I am satisfied and happy with my overall performance. This race serves as an evaluation of my training and a good warm-up for me for the Asian Games next month.”, said Tabal who flew back to Italy the day after the race to continue with her training which is due to finish by August.

Ruffa Sorongon and Christabel Martes, who directly came from their successful 10km race in last week’s Philippine National Games, took the fourth and fifth podium spots of the 21km category to complete the Female top five.

Richard Salaño, Bulacan’s “Kenyan Slayer” settled for a top two finish in the 21km male category, clocking the race at 1:11:19.80. Cebu’s Prince Joey Lee and Cagayan de Oro’s Jerald Zabala settled for the fifth and sixth place, respectively. It was Lee’s and Zabala’s first race outside the Phiippines.

Meanwhile, the Filipino runners also reigned in the 42km category of the race. Bryan Quiamco, who earned his slot by winning the third spot of the 42km race of the 7-Eleven Race Series last February, took runner-up honors as he finished with a time of 2:37:03.70. Richeel Languido grabbed third while Rafael Pescos placed fourth.

On the distaff side, the Filipinas ruled as veteran Davaoeña runner Judelyn Miranda covered the challenging course in 3:16:03.91 to bag the crown and beat team mate Maricar Camacho who finished at 3:26:55.02 and settled for second place.

“Para sa akin amazing ang laro na ito kasi kapos ako sa ensayo pero naglakas-loob akong lumaban sa laro na ito dahil dala ko ang bandera ng ating bansa. Salamat sa 7-Eleven Philippines na nagsuporta sa aming lahat na makapunta kami sa South Korea.”, said Judelyn Miranda when asked about her win.

“For me this race Is amazing because even if I lacked training, I bravely went on to race because I am carrying our country’s flag. Thank you to 7-Eleven Philippines who supported all of us in going to South Korea.”

“We are very satisfied with Team 7-Eleven Philippines’ performance here at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival. 7-Eleven Philippines will continue with its program to nurture and support our Filipino runners who aspire to get the chance to represent the country in an international race. With that we encourage them to prepare well and we’ll see them on February 3, 2019 for the 2019 7-Eleven Run Series.”, shared 7-Eleven General Merchandise Division Head Mr. Jose C. Ang Jr., when asked about the team’s performance.

Ever since 2013, 7-Eleven Philippines have given a set of Filipino elite runners a chance to compete in the international stage by bringing them to a foreign running race, all expenses paid for plus pocket money and all needs taken cared of. Apart from this, runners who successfully finish on any of the top three overall spots in their respective category will not only get to bring home the race prizes but also receive a bonus cash prize from 7-Eleven Philippines.

The participation of Filipino runners at the 23rd Jeju International Tourism Marathon Festival was made possible through the effort of Philippine Seven Corporation together with the valuable support of Asics as exclusive sportswear partner, Smart and ESPN as media partners and sponsors Selecta Ice Cream, Nature Spring Water, Gatorade, Summit water, Del Monte, Fit and Right, Active, Blue Flavored water, San Miguel beer, Le Minerale, SIP water, Sosro fruit tea, Safeguard, Kopiko 78, Aquafina, Cheetos, Pocari Sweat, and Evian.

 

 
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Biag, Malolot top TRI-Factor Asian Series

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Participants pose event hosts and organisers before the start of the inaugural TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series in CamSur.

Billy Biag flashed superb form and dominated the long distance triathlon while Mark Malolot held off Jade Albar in the standard distance as they shared top honors in the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series at the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur last May 26 and 27, 2018.

Biag clocked 3:19:04.4 to rule the grueling 1.5km swim-60km bike-15km run event, beating Renel Brecenio (3:27:05.9) by almost eight minutes while Anthony Llaguno III timed 3:50:30 to place third overall in the event, capping the two-day, novel triathlon event which featured a four-leg mass participation series composed of individual swim, bike and run events and a finale triathlon.

Malolot, on the other hand, ruled the 1.5km swim-40km bike-10km run in 2:27:31, foiling Albar, who clocked 2:31:09 while Ryan Laurino placed third overall in 2:38:43 followed by Edgar Cabalero (2:46:37) and Ricky Busran (2:51:59) in the event. Actor Gerald Anderson won in the 25-29 age-group (1:16:15) sprint division with Team De Rosa and Ms. Earth Air 2016 Michelle Gomez.

Biag likewise top the 35-44 age-group with Breceno claiming the crown in the 25-34 category and Regina Rosquites topping the female side in the 25-34 section of the event which served as the third leg of this year’s Asian Series and hosted by CamSur where athletes also provided school supplies and slippers to over 200 indigent kids under the Race to Give program of Sanctband of One of A Kind Marketing, the marketing arm of Tri-factor in the Philippines.

“I’m looking forward to another cheerful event next year – the people, the place and CamSur are just amazing,” said Elvin Ting, co-founder of Tri-factor and manager director of organizing Orange Room Pte Ltd.

Sharing the spotlight are the top finishers in relay in the Open division of the long distance triathlon, led by Bolima Madler, Platilla Margarito and Lagyap Marino, who timed 3:02:32.7. Hezron Vasquez, Gil Peña Jr. and Dave de Vera placed second in 3:18:47.6 while the troika of Ruben Mariano, Inocencio Parza and Dennis Suz clocked 3:27:36.8 for third.

“When you’re focused on finishing the race, it is the most amazing feeling. Nothing else matters but to see yourself cross the finish line,” said Gov. Migs Villafuerte, who also graced the event with Rep. LRay Villafuerte with Elle Adda as host.

Malolot, meanwhile, also took the crown in the 16-24 age category with Laurino ruling the 25-34 division and Busran topping the 35-44 side of the event where the top winners gained berths in the TRI-Factor Series in Thailand plus overnight stay in Caramoan islands.

In the sprint distance (740m swim-20km bike-5km run), John Caleb Barlin took the overall crown with a 1:08.29 clocking, beating Louie Ibo and Roman Bonagua, who timed 1:12.52 and 1:14.46, respectively. They also took the top three places in the 16-24 age category.

Junior Oba topped the 30-44 division in 1:29.43 while Aldo Turiano took the 45-and-above crown in 1:33.40 while Faith Robertson (16-29) and Keigh Pascual (30-44) reigned in female side in 1:27.28 and 1:32.30, respectively.

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Participants plunge into the Lago del Rey at the start of the TRI-Factor Asian Championship Series in CamSur.

TRI-Factor Asian Championship series celebrates their 10th year doing four-leg mass participatin series in a number of countries across Asia such as Malaysia, China, Indonesia and Thailand.

The next TRI-Factor series will be in Thailand on June 17, 2018.

 
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Posted by sa Mayo 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

AAI AND BLACK ARROW EXPRESS GEARS UP FOR THE 2018 CENTURY TUNA IRONMAN PHILIPPINES

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Black Arrow Express a consumer delivery firm under total logistics provider AAI is gearing up as the official logistics and courier sponsor of the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines.

The 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines is the first full-distance Ironman race in the country, which comprises of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and a 42km run. Happening on June 3 at Subic Bay, it is the only other sanctioned Ironman event in Southeast Asia,  apart from Langkawi, Malaysia. The event also commemorates the 10th year of Ironman branded events being held in the Philippines. Over 40 countries are represented in this edition of Ironman, and the event is expecting thousands of participants from all over the globe. 

The agreement between Black Arrow Express through AAI Group and Sunrise Events, the official licensee of Ironman events in the Philippines, states that the former will provide logistics support for all upcoming Ironman events in the country until 2020.

Allan Brizuela, President of Black Arrow Express and 70.3 triathlon finisher, is also competing in the full-distance Ironman race.

“We want to highlight our group capacity and ability to handle unconventional and complex movements at scale through events like Ironman,” said Brizuela.

“The event reflects the vision and mission of the company. The amount of strength, endurance, and patience needed to finish a full race within the time limit is similar to the commitment we have to picking-up items and delivering them within a certain timeframe to anywhere in the Philippines,” he adds.

Black Arrow Express is also set to be a title sponsor for the 5i50 series in November 2018.

 
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Posted by sa Mayo 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

ONE Championship Rises As Largest Stand-Up Organization in the World

Fresh off the debut of its highly-anticipated ONE Super Series on 20 April at ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, ONE Championship offered fans a taste of what’s to expect with its latest innovation — an all-striking league showcasing the best of the world’s striking martial arts.

The premise is simple. ONE Championship wants to provide a proving ground for the world’s best strikers to face each other under a single banner — a prestigious global platform to showcase the beauty of striking arts such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, Kung Fu, wushu, sanda, silat, lethwei, and more.

Last Friday night in Manila, ONE Championship showed fans a glimpse of the sort of action that they can look forward to with ONE Super Series — and it was legendary.

Gracing the promotion’s all-new five-rope ring was kickboxing superstar Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, who put on an absolute clinic against opponent Jo Nattawut of Thailand. Also in action was Muay Thai legend and former 4-time Lumpinee Stadium champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao who took on France’s Fabio Pinca.

For those who don’t know, Petrosyan and Gaiyanghadao are two of the most famous legends in the world of striking martial arts. The mere fact that they appeared together on the same card is just mind-blowing. If ONE Championship’s aim is to introduce these striking legends to the world, it has certainly achieved its goal early on.

Needless to say, both Petrosyan and Gaiyanghadao lived up to their billing and turned in inspiring performances. For the first time in history, an audience the magnitude of ONE Championship’s 1.7 billion potential viewers in over 136 countries worldwide were able to witness the greatness of these athletes.

And there’s much more to come. Names such as Lerdsila, Yodsaenklai Fairtex, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, and Singtongnoi Por Telakun have also been announced as having joined ONE Super Series.

By having these monumental figures of striking martial arts, and encompassing multiple styles of martial arts, ONE Championship has effectively become the largest stand-up organization in the world.

Other organizations such as Glory Kickboxing or K-1 offer a similar product. But by having more than one “flavor” of martial arts on its menu, ONE Championship emerges as the undisputed pack leader. And with bigger names to boot, ONE Super Series will continue to draw massive audiences.

The next event to feature ONE Super Series bouts will be ONE: GRIT AND GLORY, which takes place 12 May in Jakarta, Indonesia. This is followed by ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS which happens a week later in Singapore.

Both cards offer a handful of compelling ONE Super Series contests. Singapore in particular will see the first ONE Super Series world champion crowned when Sam-A Gaiyanghadao takes on Sergio “Little One” Wielzen of the Netherlands for the inaugural ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship.

ONE Championship aims to gradually assimilate ONE Super Series bouts into its cards, and athletes will be able to select from a series of ring and cage rule sets where they wish to compete. This means that kickboxers could move into Muay Thai, or Lethwei, or Sanda, if they wanted to. The flexibility opens up a myriad of possible combinations that should have martial arts enthusiasts salivating.

The invitation is also open to its current roster of mixed martial artists. So it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think of maybe someone like ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera competing under Muay Thai rules against one of these striking legends. It’s a bold step forward in the right direction for ONE Championship, who prides itself in being the ‘Home of Martial Arts’. With ONE Super Series, the promotion certainly lives up to its reputation.

Eventually, the promotion envisions staging standalone ONE Super Series cards in the future. It’s an ambitious project that will take the combined efforts of ONE Championship’s elite team of professionals working behind the scenes to make sure each event is a smashing success. But one, that if it takes off, will turn out to be an idea of pure genius.

At its core, it is a celebration of the purity of striking. For fans who crave the sort of classic action and excitement that will leave them on the edge of their seats, they need look no further than ONE Super Series.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship.

 
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